Press Release: February Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of February at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

Thursday, February 1

Robot Dance Competition
(science competition) 2:00 PM

Robo Cup Junior is an international robot design competition organized in elementary through high schools.  Witness the crazy, colorful dance moves of the ‘bots designed by the New York City-area teams.  Presented by the Science & the Arts series.  Free, for information call 212-817-7522.

The Physics of the Buffyverse
(science demonstration) 6 PM

Author Jennifer Ouellette (The Physics of the Buffyverse) uses characters, concepts and plot lines of the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer to illustrate a wide range of fundamental concepts in the physical sciences:  from sound, electricity, materials science, and thermodynamics, to concepts of time (and time travel), wormholes, black holes, and string theory.  The evening will include demonstrations of the martial art of ju-jitsu.  Presented by the Science & the Arts series.  Free, for information call 212-817-7522.

Friday, February 2

NoPe: NoPassport Conference
Dreaming the Americas/Diversity and Difference in Performance
(theatre conference) 10 AM—9 PM (also Saturday, February 3)

This two-day conference, presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and co-curated by Caridad Svich, will focus on a wide range of contemporary works for theatre and performance, viewing the Americas from a variety of formal perspectives.  Topics that will be addressed in panels and works-in-progress presentations include: translation as bridge/barrier; migration and exile as they affect content and form; the different languages of the Americas; religion, spirituality and theatrical ecology; readings and mis-readings of stories; the possibilities of liveness; and the inscriptions of the invisible onto visible histories.  Free, for more information call 212-817-8215 or visit

Tuesday, February 6

Confessions of a Municipal Bond Salesman
(book talk & signing) 6:30 pm

Jim Lebenthal is not just your everyday Wall Street banker.  Before taking over his family bond business from his mother, the family matriarch who founded Lebenthal & Company, he was a showman, adman, Walt Disney filmmaker, Academy Award-nominee, and a reporter covering the movies in Hollywood for Life Magazine.  Part professional guide part memoir, Confessions of a Municipal Bond Salesman looks back to recount his successes and setbacks as Lebenthal worked to build the family business into one of the best known municipal bond firms in America.  Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History. Free, for information call 212-817-8460.

Thursday, February 8

Bach's Legacy: A Musical European Union
(lecture & performance) 5:30 PM

This special lecture with music celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community.  The speaker will be Raymond Erickson, professor at Queens College and Graduate Center, to be joined by violinist Ellie Kang.  Presented by the European Union Studies Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-2051.

From Prison to Power
(film screening & discussion) 6:00 PM

At this screening of The Story of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Lu Hsin-Lien, vice president of Taiwan, will be on hand for a discussion. Presented by the Women's Studies Certificat Program and co-sponsored with the Center for the Humanities and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.  Free, for information call 212-817-8905.

Tuesday, February 13

New York
Art Worlds: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
(conference) 9 AM—6 PM

This daylong conference will bring together historians, critics, artists and others to reflect upon the origins, transformations, and challenges of New York City as an international artistic center, from the turn of the 19th century up to the present.  Speakers include Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic; Jonathan Weinberg, Ph.D., artist and independent scholar; and Carrie Rebora Barratt, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Presended by the Ph.D. Program in Art History.  Free, for information call 212-817-8035.

Undoing Jews: The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice
With F. Murray Abraham
(discussion) 6:30 PM

In conjunction with Theater for a New Audience's simultaneous productions of Christopher Marlowe's Jew of Malta and Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, the Center for the Humanities presents a conversation with actors, directors, and scholars. Panelists include the award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham, who will play the lead role in both plays; David Herskovitz, director, The Jew of Malta; James Shapiro, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University; and Richard McCoy, professor of English at the Graduate Center.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.  

Wednesday, February 14

The Songs of Antoni Parera Fons
(concert) 7 PM

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a vocal recital entirely dedicated to the vocal music of Antoni Parera Fons, with Maia Planas, soprano, and Sergi Cuenca on piano.  Introduced by Antoni PizĂ , director of the Foundation for Iberian Music.  Free, for more information, call 212-817-1819.

Friday, February 16

Soy Andina
(film screening & dance performance) 7 PM

Soy Andina (70 minutes, 2007, in English with some Spanish) is an exuberant dance documentary and road trip through Peru, told through the story of two New Yorkers (Cynthia Paniagua and Nelida Silva) who return to Peru to reconnect with roots and an astonishing world of traditional culture. Following this U.S. premiere of the film, directed and produced by Mitch Teplitsky, there will be a short Peruvian dance performance by the film’s subjects. Presented by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.  $15, for information call 212-817-8215.

Wednesday, February 21

The Jews of
(lecture) 6:15 PM

This lecture by Dr. Sami Repishi reviews the history of the Jews of Albania with emphasis on the Holocaust era. It will focus on the unique story of survival by the overwhelming majority of the Jews in a Muslim country occupied first by Italians and then by Germans during the Second World War. Repishi, a native of Albania, is a retired high school instructor living in Baldwin, New York. He is the author of several books and editor of 15 others dealing with Albanian studies and human rights issues. Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.  Free, for information call 212-817-1949.

Thursday, February 22

Music in Midtown
A Series Lunchtime Chamber Music Concerts
(concert) 1:00 PM

New York music lovers can escape the din of midtown Manhattan with this series of free lunchtime concerts presented by the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in music.  The concerts feature classical and contemporary works performed by accomplished professional musicians in the Elebash Recital Hall, a warm, intimate space with state-of-the-art acoustics. On February 22, Music in Midtown features a program of Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano by Aram Khachaturian and Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messaien. Free, for more information, please contact the Concert Office at 212-817-8607.

Double Agents: An Evening with Contemporary Russian Artists
(panel discussion) 6:30 PM

A panel of young writers and artists born in the former Soviet Union talk with Andre Aciman, professor of comparative literature at the Graduate Center, about the old world and the new, and how their bi-national orientation has informed their work. Participants include Keith Gessen, contributing editor at New York magazine and co-founding editor literary journal n+1; Laura Vapnyar, author of There Are Jews in My House and Memoirs of a Muse; Gary Shteyngart, author of the award-winning novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan; and the painter Albert Fayngold, assistant professor of modern languages and comparative literature, Baruch College. Presented by the Center for the Humanities.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Monday, February 26

On the Take: Labor Union Corruption in
New York City, Past, Present, Future
(discussion) 6:30 PM

Recent scandals are the jumping off point for this forum, in which Ed Ott, the new head of the city's Central Labor Council, and distinguished scholars address such questions as:  How pervasive has labor corruption been in New York City?  What has caused it?  How does it compare to (or connect with) corruption in business and politics?  Other speakers include: Mike Merrill, Empire State College; Robert Fitch, author, Solidarity for Sale; and James Jacobs, New York University School of Law and author, Mobsters, Unions, and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement.  Presented by the Gotham Center for New York City History.  Free, for information call 212-817-8460.

Tuesday, February 27

a Play by Arthur Giron
(play reading) 6:30 PM

This reading by Break A Leg Productions, presented by the Science & the Arts series, presents a comedic drama about the family life of the young Wright Brothers.  “[A] witty, touching flashback to the Wright brothers' boyhood and the events that led to those momentous first flights in Kitty Hawk”—New York Times. Free, for information call 212-817-7522.

Wednesday, February 28

The Golden Age of Gotham’s Clothing Industry: Unraveling an Enterprise

(conference) 12:30-8 PM

The Center for the Humanities presents this day-long conference on the history of the New York City garment industry. Nationally recognized historians of New York will convene for three sessions examining the economic, cultural, and social significance of the neighboring garment district and the clothing industry in the city from 1860-1975.  Speakers will include Thomas Kessner, professor of history, Graduate Center; David Nasaw, distinguished professor of history and executive director of the Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center; and Marc Levinson, author of The Box: How the Shipping Container made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger; among many others.  Free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Submitted on: FEB 1, 2007

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